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105-year-old Frenchman Sets Cycling World Record

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French cyclist Robert Marchand, 105, is cheered after setting a record for distance cycled in one hour, at the velodrome of Saint-Quentin en Yvelines, outside Paris, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017.

Cycling world records can be broken, even if you’re 105 years old.

For Frenchman Robert Marchand, it turned out to be the perfect age to set a new world record for bicycling.

On Wednesday, Marchand, who wore a tight yellow and purple jersey, set the world record in the 105-plus category by riding nearly 22.547 kilometers in one hour at the Velodrome National in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France.

France Centenarian Cyclist
France Centenarian Cyclist

He told BFMTV that he "could have done better."

"My legs didn't hurt," he said. "My arms hurt but that's because of rheumatism."

This was not Marchand’s best time. Three years ago, he rode 26.927 kilometers in an hour. That also was a word record for the over-100 category.

"I'm not in such good shape as I was a couple of years back," he told AFP news agency. "I am not here to be champion. I am here to prove that at 105 years old you can still ride a bike."

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